Schumacher: F1 parc ferme inspection habit an "open book" to learn

Haas Formula 1 driver Mick Schumacher says his habit of inspecting rival cars in parc ferme offers an "open book" about what other teams are doing.

Schumacher: F1 parc ferme inspection habit an "open book" to learn

The German rookie has been spotted several times this year spending time after races taking an up-close look at the tyres and designs of other cars.

It is something that both his father Michael and friend Sebastian Vettel also regularly did in their careers to try to better understand what the opposition are up to.

After the recent Styrian Grand Prix, on board footage from one of the McLarens showed Schumacher wandering over to inspect the MCL35M car and its cockpit in the post-race perc ferme.

Explaining why he does it, Schumacher says it is was something he picked up when he first started racing – as it can provide some inside knowledge.

“It is something that I have been doing since karting, really,” he said.

“It is always good to know, especially how the tyres look on other cars, and to see if I can understand and learn from that.

“Tyres are like an open book. They will show you every little mistake and every little detail or other cars and also of my car. So I guess inspecting other cars is always a part of that, and I will keep doing that.

“Plus, parc ferme is when I would get closest to another car. I can’t walk in anybody’s garage and say, ‘Hi there, I am just going to check out your car and then leave’. So, definitely, it is interesting to look at it.”

PLUS: Why F1’s worst car isn’t inhibiting ‘smart’ Schumacher

Schumacher has earned praise this year for his positive attitude and strong work ethic at Haas, especially considering the under-developed car is regularly the slowest in qualifying.

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-21

Mick Schumacher, Haas VF-21, Nikita Mazepin, Haas VF-21

Photo by: Sam Bloxham / Motorsport Images

But despite not having scored any points so far, with 13th in Baku his best result to date, Schumacher says he is enjoying the challenge of his rookie campaign.

“I am relatively happy with how it is going but obviously performance-wise it is tough,” he said.

“Nonetheless we managed to get our way around and we are able to work well together.

“I totally enjoy my time here so much that it is easy for me to come to work and work late because it is so enjoyable.

“I think that really reflects in my performance. That is what is important to me, that the hard work will pay off at some point and I hope that it does.”

shares
comments

Related video

Why Aston Martin has taken a James Bond stunt driver under its wing

Previous article

Why Aston Martin has taken a James Bond stunt driver under its wing

Next article

The top 10 races of Mexico’s lost F1 great

The top 10 races of Mexico’s lost F1 great
Load comments
How Lotus F1 uncovered, then squandered its last ‘unfair advantage’ Plus

How Lotus F1 uncovered, then squandered its last ‘unfair advantage’

Cast in the mould of its founder Colin Chapman, Lotus was powerful and daring but 
flawed – as it proved through further soaring peaks and painful troughs into the 1980s. DAMIEN SMITH examines a game-changing era

The core problems Yas Marina’s long-awaited tweaks won't address Plus

The core problems Yas Marina’s long-awaited tweaks won't address

OPINION: Changes to the layout of Abu Dhabi’s circuit aim to reverse the trend of insipid Formula 1 races there - the promoter has even described one of the new corners as “iconic”. And that, argues STUART CODLING, is one of this venue’s abiding failings

Formula 1
Jul 26, 2021
How Ferrari offered Britain's next F1 prospect what Red Bull couldn't Plus

How Ferrari offered Britain's next F1 prospect what Red Bull couldn't

Last year's Formula 2 runner-up Callum Ilott could be on his way to becoming the first Briton to contest a grand prix in an Alfa Romeo since Reg Parnell in 1950. But, says OLEG KARPOV, the Ferrari Driver Academy protege is having to temper his ambition at the moment – outwardly at least…

Formula 1
Jul 25, 2021
The signs that point to F1's rude health Plus

The signs that point to F1's rude health

OPINION: Formula 1's calendar might still be facing disruption as the pandemic affects travel but, says MARK GALLAGHER, the business itself is fundamentally strong thanks to the epic rivalry taking place on track and the consistent arrival of new sponsors

Formula 1
Jul 24, 2021
The unexpected benefit of F1’s sprint race repeat Plus

The unexpected benefit of F1’s sprint race repeat

OPINION: Formula 1's sprint race trial at Silverstone drew mixed feedback on Saturday, but there remained the true test of how it would impact Sunday's Grand Prix. While fans were busy marvelling at Fernando Alonso's progress, a key lesson was being learned that would directly contribute to the dramatic lap one clash at Copse the following day

Formula 1
Jul 22, 2021
The off-track considerations that led to F1’s Hamilton/Verstappen Silverstone shunt Plus

The off-track considerations that led to F1’s Hamilton/Verstappen Silverstone shunt

OPINION: Formula 1’s 2021 title fight turned ugly last weekend when Max Verstappen and Lewis Hamilton collided at the start of the British Grand Prix. Verstappen thankfully walked away unharmed, but this had been a clash long-since coming

Formula 1
Jul 21, 2021
Will 2022's all-new cars look like F1's concept model? Plus

Will 2022's all-new cars look like F1's concept model?

Formula 1 provided its clearest example yet of what the 2022 cars are set to look like when it presented a full-scale concept to the world during the build-up to last weekend’s British Grand Prix. Underneath the special shiny livery was a design that hinted at the future, but teams will be digging into key areas that may reap differing results

Formula 1
Jul 20, 2021
British Grand Prix Driver Ratings Plus

British Grand Prix Driver Ratings

The 2021 British Grand Prix will live long in the memory for the dramatic clash between Formula 1's two title protagonists, which opened the door for other drivers to capitalise. One did so in spectacular fashion, while others fluffed their lines

Formula 1
Jul 19, 2021